View Full Version : Looking for a plugin to switch between outputs
18th December 2004, 21:27
I have a few audio adapters on my computer, and I want the ability to switch between them without going through the preferences... any plugin that can do that?
19th December 2004, 08:39
How often would one really have to switch that? I think the prefs are fine for what you want, unless you're looking for some kind of hotkey switching.
Then there's the ... "You can always write one yourself" :)
22nd December 2004, 19:27
Strange... I was about to post a topic on exactly the same thing!
I have 2 sound cards connected to my PC... or more accurately 1 onboard and 1 seperate sound blaster for that lovely surround(ish) sound. I have the 4.1 (boo... need more) speakers connected to the sound blaster, and headphones connected to the onboard card. I'm looking for something that will let me switch outputs using a global hotkey. Also, since the media keys on the keyboard only let me change the volume of 1 soundcard at a time (without going through the control panel) it would be useful to have something that gives me a bit more control over the 2nd card.
I don't have anything like enough programming knowledge to design my own plugin... unless there are any *free* tutors out there ;)
22nd December 2004, 19:42
The only thing I can think of is to use an Output Splitter/Stacker plugin.
Make a copy of out_ds.dll, eg. out_ds2.dll
Then use Output Splitter to make both instances of DirectSound Output active,
with each one configured to use the relevant sound device
(or just use out_ds and out_wave).
The only downside here being that both will be active together,
though you could turn the volume down on one or the other (speakers/headphones) if/when not required.
22nd December 2004, 19:50
Cool, that's pretty much what I was after. Thanks muchly.
22nd February 2005, 17:09
Having done all the stuff above, I rebooted my PC. Then realised that the onboard soundcard (which was selected as the default output device) automatically detects another sound card, and then switches it self off.
Now I have 1 audio device (according to the device manager), and since windows only detects the 1 device, it seems have taken it upon itself to grey out the "make default device" option.
So now any time I start any program that needs sound, it detects no default audio device. Before I use winamp I have to go in and change the settings of my out_ds.dll plugin. Otherwise it just says NO!
Anyone think of a way I can fix this without opening up my PC?
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